Not even a crash can stop Van Vleuten taking a second Giro Donne victory

The Dutch rider extends her overall lead to more than two minutes after crashing with only five kilometres from the line

Annemiek Van Vleuten (Movistar) wins stage eight of the 2022 Giro Donne
Annemiek Van Vleuten (Movistar) wins stage eight of the 2022 Giro Donne
(Image credit: Dario Belingheri/Getty)

Annemiek van Vleuten all but cemented her third Giro Donne overall win, taking a second stage victory in Aldeno on Friday.

Despite crashing on the final descent, she was able to finish 29 seconds ahead of Marta Cavalli, whose second place has elevated her to the same position on GC.

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Owen Rogers is an experienced journalist, covering professional cycling and specialising in women's road racing. He has followed races such as the Women's Tour and Giro d'Italia Donne, live-tweeting from Women's WorldTour events as well as providing race reports, interviews, analysis and news stories. He has also worked for race teams, to provide post race reports and communications.